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Latics vs. Scunthorpe United

Sky Bet League Two - Matchday 22

24 December 2021

© Eddie Garvey

Latics welcome Scunthorpe United to Boundary Park on Boxing Day for a crucial Sky Bet League Two clash (3pm KO).

It will have been over two weeks since Oldham’s previous game due to the Crawley Town fixture being postponed, their last outing was a dramatic 5-5 draw with top of the table Forest Green Rovers.

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Latics showed great character in the game to come from 4-1 behind and salvage a share of the points.

Form Guide

Oldham’s festive opposition’s last win came back in October as they defeated Crawley Town 2-1.

Since, there have been nine attempts in all competitions, with the Iron failing to win any of them.

However, of late they haven’t been losing very many games. Five of their previous six league meetings have ended in a draw, with 1-1 proving to be the most common outcome.

Like Latics, they too saw their previous game cancelled and have had an extended break from action since their goalless draw with Hartlepool United.

United are 24th in the League Two table, behind Latics on just goal difference.

The Iron’s Last Six:

  1. Hartlepool United 0-0 Scunthorpe United
  2. Stevenage 1-1 Scunthorpe United
  3. Scunthorpe United 1-1 Bradford City
  4. Scunthorpe United 1-1 Leyton Orient
  5. Mansfield Town 3-1 Stevenage
  6. Scunthorpe United 1-1 Salford City

Head-to-Head

Meetings: 55

Latics wins: 16
Scunthorpe United wins: 20
Draws: 19

Scored - 73
Conceded - 81

Club News

23122021 Scunthorpe Boundary Bulletin

23 December 2021

Latics picked up just one point in the games between the two clubs in the previous League Two season.

They will have bad memories from the last time they met.

Oldham had the lead thanks to an Alfie McCalmont strike in the 48th minute but a 93rd-minute leveller from Jordan Hallam restored parity and earned a point for his side at Glanford Park.

In the reverse fixture, Latics fell to a 2-0 defeat to the Iron.

The last time that Oldham got the better of Scunthorpe came in March 2018.

Goals from Patrick McEleney and Eoin Doyle gave them a 2-0 win at Glanford Park in a League One fixture.

Familiar Faces

Latics signed two former Scunthorpe men in the summer transfer window just gone.

The first of these is Jordan Clarke. The defender represented the Iron between 2015 and 2021, making 179 appearances for the club, scoring five goals.

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Meanwhile, fellow defender Harrison McGahey spent two and a half seasons as a Scunthorpe player, featuring 63 times. Since joining Latics, Clarke has featured 23 times whilst McGahey has turned out 16 times for his new club.

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In The Dugout

Keith Hill is the man in the dugout for the visitors.

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Hill, 52, was appointed manager at Glanford Park on the 5th of November this year.

Whilst, he is still waiting for his first win as boss, he has been successful in making the Iron a hard team to beat as he has only presided over one league defeat.

The experienced boss has also had managerial stints at Rochdale, Barnsley, Bolton Wanderers and Tranmere Rovers.

Match Officials

The official in the middle for the game is Sebastian Stockbridge.

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Stockbridge last officiated a Latics game in August 2021 as we beat Accrington Stanley on penalties following 0-0 draw at Boundary Park in the Carabao Cup. On that day, he handed out two yellow cards and zero red cards.

He's taken charge of 19 games, so far, this campaign, handing out a total of 62 yellow cards and two red cards.

Stockbridge will be assisted by Daniel Woodward and Ivan Stankovic, with Andrew Hendley as the Fourth Official.

Sky Bet Odds

Latics are favourites to win the Boxing Day clash, priced just above evens at 21/20.

United are 5/2 to pick up their first win since October and 23/10 is the price for Scunthorpe to draw yet another Sky Bet League Two game.

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Fixture News

23122021 iFollow Match Pass: Scunthorpe United

23 December 2021

Live match action on the £10 'match pass' is available on iFollow Latics in the UK and overseas for supporters who can't attend in person, with Roy Butterworth and Michael Brown talking you through the match action.

For more information, visit the iFollow Latics page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC.

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Match Reports

Latics 1-3 Scunthorpe United

26 December 2021

© Eddie Garvey

In a Boxing Day ‘six-pointer’, Latics were frustratingly beaten by Scunthorpe United following a rampant second-half display from the visitors which completely turned the game on its head.

Early into the first-half, Benny Couto expertly smashed past Rory Watson and into the far top corner after vital work from his teammate, Harry Vaughan.

Keith Hill introduced Ryan Loft from the bench at the break which got his side back into the game as the striker’s deflected effort found the back of the net in the 51st minute.

And then, Myles Hippolyte put the Iron ahead in the match before Loft confirmed the victory with a well-struck low strike just over ten minutes from full-time.

Interim Head Coach, Selim Benachour named five changes for the visit of the Lincolnshire-based outfit with Dylan Bahamboula, Harry Vaughan, Jack Stobbs, Hallam Hope and Raphael Diarra back in the line-up for the last home fixture of 2021.

Additionally, first-year scholar, Aaron Atkinson, earned a place on the bench after impressive performances for the Youth Team prior to their festive break.

To add to this, we wore our tangerine kit as part of Shelter's ‘No Home Kit’ campaign in a powerful act of support and solidarity for people without a home, click here to donate.

Scunthorpe had a relatively promising start to the encounter in Great Manchester. First, Hayden Hackney’s in-swinging free-kick found Manny Onariase at the back post, however, the defender flicked his effort over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box.

Harry Bunn, son of Frankie, received possession on the edge of the penalty area before the former Latics loanee dragged his low effort past the near post to the relief of Jayson Leutwiler.

In the 11th minute, the hosts took the lead with an excellent effort from Couto. Vaughan cleverly picked out the full-back on the left-hand side of the box, and the 18-year-old fiercely fired his strike into the far top corner before producing an Eric Cantona-esque celebration for his first professional goal.

Moments later, Vaughan produced some admirable footwork inside the area and showcased the vision to find Hallam Hope, but the attacker sliced his attempt past the far post.

After the restart, Hill’s side raced out of the blocks and got themselves level through a half-time substitute. Loft managed to acrobatically volley from the edge of the box which took a wicked deflection off Carl Piergianni and found its way into the back of the net.

Once again, Loft caused the backline endless trouble and he implemented intelligent hold-up play before slotting Tom Pugh clean through on goal, however, the midfielder couldn’t keep his composure as he dragged his chance past the far post.

Following that, Bunn fashioned a reserve pass that found the feet of Loft, but the former Leicester City man cannoned his effort off the crossbar with pressure continuously growing from the visitors.

In the 74th minute, Scunthorpe netted a second to take a well-deserved advantage in the match. Loft demonstrated his class to slot Hippolyte one-on-one with Leutwiler and the winger kept his cool to blast past the ‘keeper with the away end erupting.

Just three minutes later, disaster struck for Oldham as Loft added his name to the scoresheet and, more or less, single-handedly secured the three points for the travellers. Hackney, a Middlesbrough loanee, found Loft with his perfectly executed pass before the Target-Man raced into the 18-yard box and confidently placed his effort into the right-hand bottom corner to confirm their first win on the road for 22 games.

Depsite late pressure from the Benachour's outfit, Latics couldn't find a response to their second-half outing and, currently, find themselves situated at the foot of the division.

Oldham Athletic XI – Leutwiler (GK), Cisse, Piergianni ©, Adams, Whelan, Hope, Stobbs (Keillor-Dunn 46’), Diarra (Luamba 83’), Bahamboula, Couto, Vaughan (Hart 55’).

Unused Subs: Rogers (GK), McGahey, Hopcutt, Atkinson.

Goals: Couto 11’

Scunthorpe United XI – Watson (GK), O’Malley, Taft ©, Onariase, Green (Kenyon 79’), Hippolyte, Rowe, Bunn, Jarvis (Loft 46’, Pugh, Hackney.

Unused Subs: Billson (GK), Millen, Hallam, Davis, Lewis.

Goals: O.G. Piergianni 51’, Loft 77’, Hippolyte 74’

Attendance: 4,693 (413 away)

Referee – Sebastian Stockbridge

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